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The US electronics manufacturer InFocus launched the high-end M810 Android smartphone in Taiwan. The Oregon-based company will bring the handset to the market through a partnership with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. - a major Apple contractor, which assembles iPhone and iPad devices. InFocus M810 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2.5GHz quad-core CPU. The handset has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in memory, and a microSD card slot. The device's display is a 5.5" IPS unit with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. A 13MP main camera, 5MP front-facing unit, and full connectivity suite, which includes FM radio and Cat 4 LTE round up the highlights of the spec sheet. Physical measure of the smartphone are 153.7mm x 76.2mm x 6.99mm, while its weight tips the scale at 156 grams. A 2,600mAh battery powers the InFocus M810. Most importantly, the InFocus M810 will sport the affordable price tag of NT $ 9,988 (around $333) when available. The handset will be available in the company's official online store in Taiwan on July 31. Source (in Chinese) | Via ...


Huawei has sent us an invite to its event that will take place on September 4 in Berlin, on the eve of the IFA trade show. As you can see below, it's not the most descriptive of invites. We should apparently witness an "exciting announcement", but neither the text, nor the image give us any indication of what will be presented there. That said, a rumor from a couple of days ago claimed that the company would out the Ascend Mate 3 in September, and IFA could be the perfect venue for such an unveiling. Anyway, if this is what will be announced, expect the Ascend Mate 3 to star in many more leaks over the coming weeks. In China, Huawei is set to release yet another Honor-branded smartphone. The latest we've seen so far in the series is the Honor 6, which got official in June. Now though Huawei wants you to guess how much the upcoming Honor will cost (in yuan, of course). The price is a three digit number, and the last two are given to you: they're both nines. What the first digit will be is hence what you're left to figure out. If Huawei wants this new Honor device to stand a chance against Xiaomi, then that first digit should be as low as possible. The mystery handset could be the one sporting the model number Hol-T00, which incidentally got certified for sale on the Chinese market last week. This phone comes with a 5-inch touchscreen with 720p resolution, a MediaTek MT6582 chipset with a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, and 1GB of RAM. Interestingly, the rear camera is a 2 MP unit, so clearly this is shaping up to be the lowest-end Honor device...


Panasonic isn't a brand you hear much about these days in relation to smartphones, but it's announced a new handset in India today. The Eluga U will be available starting tomorrow for INR 18,990 (which means about $314 or €235 at the current exchange rates). It comes with decidedly mid-range specs, as you'd expect given that price tag. The screen is a 5-inch IPS panel with 720p resolution and Gorilla Glass 3. There's a 13 MP camera on the back, with LED flash, and a 2 MP front-facing unit. The phone has dual-SIM functionality, and it's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC with a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, aided by 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is at 16GB, but it can be expanded through the use of microSD cards. The Panasonic Eluga U has HSPA+ support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. A 2500 mAh battery keeps things running smoothly, and Android 4.4 KitKat is the software you'll find preinstalled. The Eluga U is just 7.95 mm thick and it weighs 141 grams. It comes in either black or white, with a "textured glass"...


The incredibly often leaked Samsung Galaxy Alpha (seen on the right in the image below) could become official a lot sooner than you may have expected, if a new rumor is to be believed. The device, which will introduce the world to the concept of Samsung using metal in an Android smartphone, is said to be announced on August 4 - that's the coming Monday, by the way. It's also earlier than the August 13 date a past rumor mentioned. This may of course have something to do with the fact that the Galaxy Note 4 will get unveiled at the beginning of September. Making the Alpha official around one month before that allows it to have the spotlight all to itself for a few weeks, after which the new Note will become the talk of the town. With its rumored 4.7 or 4.8-inch touchscreen, the Galaxy Alpha may have been designed by Samsung to be a direct competitor to the iPhone 6, which should get a similarly sized display. The metallic construction will certainly make the Galaxy Alpha appealing as well. The handset will apparently sport a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor just like the Galaxy S5 line, and 32GB of non-expandable storage space. Like all recent iPhones, it will get a nano SIM slot. A Samsung-made Exynos chipset with LTE support should be at the...


Today, T-Mobile has started selling the new (and previously unheard of) Samsung Galaxy Avant. This, as you may have gathered, is a mid-range Android-powered smartphone, that comes with a decent price and is already available to buy. The Galaxy Avant features a 4.5-inch 540x960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, as well as a front-facing snapper for selfies. It's powered by an unnamed 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, aided by 1.5GB of RAM. It has 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD cards. The Avant supports LTE and Wi-Fi calling, and it has GPS functionality. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. If you're interested in picking one up, T-Mobile will let you have it for $0 upfront, followed by 24 monthly payments of $9. Alternatively, you can simply buy it outright for $216 if that's your...


HTC just sent out press invites for an event in New York on August 19. Then, the company is anticipated to announce a Windows Phone based on the HTC One (M8). In fact, we are no strangers to the concept, as multiple rumors and evidence have accumulated over the past few months. The phone shares a lot of traits with its Android counterpart and is expected to feature a Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB memory and a 5" 1080p display. The phone is rumored to launch on Verizon running Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1. Microsoft's latest software update adds support for smart cases, which in HTC's situation enables it to utilize its DotView case in a WP environment. There's no additional information when we should expect the phone to launch or how much should it cost. Additionally, we hope the phone makes it to other carriers and eventually ends up with GSM support, too. We'll be covering the event as it happens, so make sure to tune in for all available information on the Windows Phone HTC One...


Gionee's upcoming GN9005 smartphone stars in a couple of newly released photos coming in hot from China. The phone measures just 5mm thick and is on track to be the world's new slimmest smartphone. The Gionee GN9005 will come with a 4.8" 720p AMOLED screen, resulting in a pixel density of 306 ppi. The phone is already certified by China's TENAA authority, meaning it likely won't be long until it becomes available in that market. The rest of the phone's specs include a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (presumably Cortex-A7) with 1GB RAM. Despite its thin waistline, the phone is rumored to pack a respectable 2050mAh battery. At the back there's an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p video recording. At the front, we can expect a 5MP snapper. The Gionee GN9005 will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of box. Neither pricing nor availability are currently known, but Gionee certainly knows how to make thin devices with eye catching design. To get a taste for what Gionee can offer, check out our review of the ultra-thin Gionee Elife 5.5. Source |...


Not many people outside of Asia have heard of Meizu, but if you've been keeping up on your GSMArena newstream you'd know a thing or two about the company's products. The latest flagship to come out of Meizu is rumored to be the MX4 - successor to the Exynos 5 Octa-powered 1080p Meizu MX3. The MX4 hasn't made the rounds too much but this latest leak from ePrice on China's Weibo network breathes new life into the handset. It consists of a couple of images that reportedly show the Meizu MX4's front panel and its impressive 1.1mm bezels, which ePrice claims are the thinnest of any smartphone. Meizu MX4 front panel The leak looks credible for a couple of reasons. First of all the design seems to fit the bill when comparing the device to last year's model. Second it's not unusual for a Meizu phone to have thin bezels - the Meizu MX3 flaunted LG G2-esque thin bezels. Meizu MX4 front panel One of the images compares the leaked front panel with two that appear to belong to certain Sony Xperia devices, although they aren't acclaimed for their impressive ergonomics. According to the leak the Meizu MX4 may become available in early August with 3 GB of RAM, Snapdragon 805 chipset and a 16 MP and 5 MP camera duo. Source |...


The mobile Firefox OS by Mozilla aims to put the user first, like its namesake web browser, and deliver affordable, capable, open-source phones to the masses. "We're out to make a difference, not a profit", says the project's homepage...


If an increasing number of leaks is any indication, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is growing closer to reality. Four new images plus a spec overview promise that the Sony's Compact line will remain the mini king in the new generation, too. The Xperia Z3 Compact is said to have a 4.6" 1080p screen and just look at those bezels. It seems that with the Z3 generation Sony will finally shed the thick bezels and make its flagships more compact. Also of interest on the front are the stereo speakers. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact spy photos On the inside the upcoming mini king is as impressive as the Xperia Z1 Compact was when it came out (it still is, in fact). The new model will upgrade the processing facilities to a Snapdragon 801 chipset and 3GB RAM. The quality of back photo is too poor to read the label but the camera is reportedly a 20.7MP shooter as per tradition. Keep in mind that the device in the photo has a transparent case, the sides are still metal (with the charging pogo pins) and the front and back panels are made of glass. The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are expected to be announced by September, perhaps at IFA. Source (in Chinese) |...


Microsoft will soon be rolling out the next release of Windows Phone, the succinctly titled Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and it bring with several new features. One of the major changes is not a new feature but an update to the existing one. Cortana, which was introduced in 8.1 and is Microsoft's voice assistant, will now be available in markets outside the US, namely China and the UK in beta form, along with Canada, India, and Australia in alpha form. For China, Microsoft has made several modifications to Cortana. Nicknamed 'Xiao Na', Cortana will have an alternative form with different visual appearance, animations, and sounds. It will support Mandarin in voice, text, and speech. There will also be additional information tuned for the Chinese audience, such as air quality info in weather cards, information about driving restrictions, and the ability to track local TV shows and celebrities. Cortana can also look up English words in Bing Dictionary. In the UK, Cortana will have a different voice than in the UK as we reported before, with British pronunciation and spelling. Bing will provide local information on sports teams, the London Stock Exchange, commuter conditions, etc. In the US, Cortana will be updated to support more natural language scenarios, snooze times for notifications, and several improvements to her personality for improved conversations. Other than Cortana, Update 1 will have other features as well, such as folder support on the Start screen, performance improvements to the Xbox Music app, live tile for the Store app to show app suggestions, ability to mark multiple text messages for deletion or forwarding, Apps Corner to select a handful of apps and limit the device to only those apps or to make the device boot straight into a particular app, which can be useful for businesses. Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 will be rolling out next week to those on the developer preview. For those on stable 8.1 update, it will be available in the coming...


IDC has released its preliminary numbers for smartphone shipments and market share for the second quarter of this year and they tell a familiar story near the top - Samsung leads and Apple is in second. Looking at the breakdown reveals a more subtle story here. Samsung is still the leader in smartphone shipments but for the first time in a while the company has recorded a decline. Samsung has shipped 74.3 million units and commands a 25.2% market share. Compared year over year that's 3 million units less and a drop of 7.1 percentage points in market share. Apple is on the opposite side, shipments-wise, with a total of 35.1 million units - almost 4 million more than in Q2 of last year - but has seen its market share fall from 13.0% of last year to 11.9% this year. IDC attributes the dip in numbers for Samsung and Apple to a strong surge from Chinese manufacturers Huawei and Lenovo. Huawei has shipped almost twice as many smartphones at 20.3 and seen its market share for the quarter rise to almost 7%. Lenovo has shipped 15.8 million units - up from the 11.4 million of a year ago. LG has also ended the quarter on a high note with 14.5 million units - up 2.4 million over last year. iCharts As for the quarter in general the numbers are positive. Smartphone shipments have risen 23.1% - 295.3 million total shipped smartphones compared to the 240 million of Q2 2013. As these are preliminary numbers they can succumb to change once some of the companies release their detailed reports. Source |...


Apple iPhone 6 is yet to be announced, but you can already pre-order one in 24-carat gold or platinum. The Los Angeles-based designer and manufacturer of luxury accessories Brikk has opened the order books for the hotly anticipated smartphone. The press images listed by the manufacturer fall in line with past appearances of the iPhone 6. The handset is expected to debut at some point in mid-September. Prices of the smartphone range from $4,495 for a plated handset, all the way to $8,395 for a model with Apple logo encrusted in diamonds. Pink gold is also available as an option alongside its yellow colored sibling and the platinum finish. A $500 deposit will secure you an iPhone 6 with 4.7" display and 128GB of built-in memory. Deliveries of the pimped out smartphone are expected to ship out 3-4 weeks after it goes official. Source |...


Today the recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi 4 went on sale in China for the first time. Given its specs and low price tag, you'd expect it to do well. Maybe not this well, though. Xiaomi is proudly announcing that it sold out its entire first batch of Mi 4 smartphones in exactly 37 seconds. That's obviously incredible performance, but the Chinese company has strangely left out the most important detail: how many units were part of this particular batch. If that number is, say, below 10,000, then the aforementioned sales achievement is certainly less impressive. The situation is similar in India, where today the second flash sale for the Xiaomi Mi 3 was held. This is the Mi 4's predecessor, but it's still a decent performer with nice specs, so understandably it sold like hot cakes too - since its successor is going to be China-only for a while. The Mi 3 went out of stock at Flipkart, Xiaomi's exclusive retail partner in India, in a whopping five seconds. This is a much shorter time than the 39 minutes the company took to sell its previous batch last week. So the Mi 3 may be more and more sought-after in the subcontinent. On the other hand, Xiaomi is staying mum on how big the batch was in this case too. And some rumors recently claimed that it only had around 10,000 units on sale last week, so maybe it was the same this time around. Source 1 (in Chinese) • Source 2 • Source...


Microsoft's mobile division is apparently working on not one, but two new smartphones that should be released soon. The first one of those is codenamed Superman. It's bound to be focused on selfies, and its specs have thankfully been leaked. That said, as always in these cases - do take the following with a pinch of salt at least. The Superman reportedly has a 5 MP front camera, quite a departure for Nokia - and something that might make it a direct competitor to the Sony Xperia C3. Moving on, the Superman should come with a 4.7-inch 720p touchscreen, and, oddly, a 6.5 MP rear camera. That's not a resolution we've seen a lot of (if ever), so it's unclear what's up with it. The handset will be powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, possibly one that's part of one of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 SoCs. We'll also see 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage in there, along with LTE support. The whole thing will be kept running by a 2200 mAh battery. The other device is codenamed Tesla, and it may in fact turn out to be the recently leaked Lumia 830 (which, interestingly, is to feature "Nokia by Microsoft" branding on the back). According to what Stephen Elop purportedly said in an internal company meeting this week, the Tesla will be an "affordable high-end phone", with a PureView camera. It's likely to come as the successor to the Lumia 720. The handset will have similar looks to the Lumia 930, but it will be thinner and "less bulky". Elop showed off the Superman too at the aforementioned meeting, alongside video teasers of both smartphones. The launches for both could be imminent, since they've been part of that presentation at Microsoft. Source 1 • Source...


When LG announced the G3 in May, one of the official pictures of the device (which you can see below) showed it coming in no less than five different color variants. However, so far only the 'classic' white, black, and gold versions have actually been sold. That's thankfully set to change at some point during next month. LG itself has confirmed that the Burgundy Red and Moon Violet hues are going to be out in August. Unfortunately though, more detailed information isn't available just yet. The Korean company says the rollout of the new colors will take several weeks, and release dates will be decided locally "in conjunction with carriers". Apparently we should expect announcements to be made for each market that will get the new options. This probably means that you shouldn't expect to see the two new hues being offered everywhere the other colors are already available. This is nothing new, of course, as more niche paint jobs such as these usually enjoy limited releases compared to the best selling...


Samsung launched its Galaxy S5 Mini smartphone in Russia earlier this month. The mini variant of the company's flagship smartphone is already up for grabs in Germany and the device will soon be available in the United Kingdom, too. Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will hit the stores in the UK on August 7. The S5 Mini will also be available from Samsung's online store as well as from retailers like Phones 4u. Samsung's latest Mini device comes in gold, blue, black and white color options. Samsung has announced an expected retail price of £389.95 for its Galaxy S5 Mini smartphone, which is quite expensive considering the fact that the device is retailing for about €380 in Germany. To refresh your memory, the S5 Mini sports a 4.5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor along with 1.5GB of RAM. It features an 8 megapixel rear shooter with LED flash, 2.1 megapixel front facing camera and 16GB of internal memory. The IP67 rated smartphone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and packs a 2,100mAh battery. Source |...


The latest version of Windows Phone is a major update that brings a big difference to the user experience. And, when you couple that with Nokia's home baked goodies, the software you get can immensely improve your relationship with your phone. The good news is that the WP8.1 based Cyan update is now rolling out to the Nokia Lumia 1320 smartphones in many countries around the world. Here's a breakdown of all the new features brought by the Windows Phone 8.1 and to top it, the Nokia Cyan brings Creative Studio app, Bluetooth 4.0 LE support and ingrained display controls. The new update will appear as a notification on your Lumia 1320 and in case you missed it, you can also check for the update manually by visiting Settings > Phone Update. Source |...


BlackBerry is about to get some business and it has the NSA to thank for that, well sort of. Germany is quite unhappy with recent NSA revelations and decided not to renew its Verizon contract. Now the German Federal Ministry of the Interior is looking into buying 20,000 BlackBerrys for security reasons. The Ministry already has 3,000 BlackBerry OS 10 phones enhanced by a German security firm Secusmart. Apparently, BlackBerrys are the only smartphones that comply with standards needed by the anti-eavesdropping technology by Secusmart. That's no wonder as BlackBerry has just announced plans to acquire Secusmart. German Chancellor Angela Merkel showing off her BlackBerry (photo source) Part of that package is a Secusmart microSD card that keeps confidential info safe and runs at €2,000 a pop. And that's for a measly 4GB of storage (wink!). Keep in mind that this isn't a regular card though, it also has a dedicated crypto-controller and a PKI authentication co-processor. Aside from keeping your data safe, the microSD card also implements 128-bit AES encryption to secure voice calls and SMS. Secusmart has rolled out their SecuSUITE software on BlackBerry Z30 and BlackBerry Q10. US president Barack Obama also uses a BlackBerry. Source 1 | Source...

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